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Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses a meeting of his Baath Party in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. President Obama called on Assad to step down, though it's not clear who would replace Assad if he quit or was ousted. SANA/AP hide caption

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Activist: It's Time For Syrian Opposition To Unify

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice to support scientific research in the Arctic Ocean near Barrow, Alaska, in this file photo from July 2006 provided by the Coast Guard. In addition to the medium-class Healy, the U.S. just has two polar-class icebreakers — one of which will be decommissioned soon. Prentice Danner/AP hide caption

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In The Arctic Race, The U.S. Lags Behind

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Michigan Department of Human Services caseworker Sandy Satchel works at the Family Independence Agency in Detroit. In the past few years, welfare caseloads have dropped 2 percent in Michigan while unemployment has risen 54 percent, a trend that's reflected in other states. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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In Hard Times, Welfare Cases Drop In Some States

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A new study finds that when applying for scientific research grants from the National Institutes of Health, white researchers succeeded 25 percent of the time, while blacks about 15 percent of the time. Above, the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Md. NIH hide caption

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Black Researchers Getting Fewer Grants From NIH

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Hamilton Farm Bureau Chief Operating Officer Wade Blowers says he hopes to recruit salespeople who will make investing in more storage and processing capacity at his co-op worthwhile. Rick Pluta/Michigan Public Radio hide caption

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Ag Business Strained Finding Good Crop Of Employees

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The Kovac Planetarium is dedicated to Frank's father, Frank Kovac Sr., seen in the inset photo on the sign, who inspired his son to gaze at the stars. StoryCorps hide caption

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Homemade Planetarium Reflects One Man's Dream

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Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, reacts after seeing several hundred people show up to see him Wednesday in Concord, N.H. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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For Supporters, Ron Paul's Message Strikes A Chord

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Public television host Chris Kimball says Summer Berry Pudding is one of his favorite summertime desserts. You can try a recipe for the pudding here. Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated hide caption

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Seasonal Dessert Recipes To Sweeten Your Summer

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